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Borough Council green lights deal to extend Norland Avenue

October 15, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Tuesday authorized an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that will lead to a 3,700-foot extension of Norland Avenue and open much of the borough's north end to commercial and residential development.

Council also approved another key part of the project by accepting a $1.25 million Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant to extend sewer and water lines along the path of the extension, which will connect Norland Avenue with Walker Road.

The borough received $2.4 million in federal funds for the extension, which required a $600,000 local match. Under the agreement, GS&G Properties, the partnership that owns the land through which the extension will pass, will assume responsibility for the local match and any other funds in excess of the $3 million for the road.

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Borough Manager Eric Oyer said Palisades Development Co., the Maryland firm that is developing at least part of the nearly 300 acres known as the Gabler tract, has guaranteed it will create at least 150 jobs and $12 million in investments there over the next five years.

"They really see no problem in meeting the obligations under the agreement," Oyer said.

Oyer said Palisades will focus primarily on commercial development along the north side of Norland Avenue out to Walker Road. He said most of the development south of the extension is expected to be residential.

A master plan for the development of the entire tract, however, has not been finalized, according to Oyer.

Norland Avenue has been a booming area for development in the borough with new construction extending to the point where it terminates at the edge of a field. Oyer said building the extension and opening the rest of the tract up to development will take at least a year.

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